Archive | November, 2008

HWI

24 Nov

You mean people go into the woods and hunt while their blood alcohol levels are over twice the legal limit? Alcohol & ammo sounds like a recipe for FAIL.

Scowcroft – Obama

24 Nov

Obama’s ties to former Bush I National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft are examined by the Wall Street Journal:

Many of the Republicans emerging as potential members of the Obama administration have professional and ideological ties to Brent Scowcroft, a former national-security adviser turned public critic of the Bush White House.

Mr. Scowcroft spoke by phone with President-elect Barack Obama last week, the latest in a months-long series of conversations between the two men about defense and foreign-policy issues, according to people familiar with the discussions.

The relationship between the president-elect and the Republican heavyweight suggests that Mr. Scowcroft’s views, which place a premium on an Israeli-Palestinian peace accord, might hold sway in the Obama White House.

I thought getting rid of Saddam Hussein and making Iraq “stable” was supposed to be good for Israel – that was the neoconservative rationale, after all. See how stable the Middle East is now?

Is it January 20th yet?

Franken vs. Coleman: Silver’s Prediction

24 Nov

Nate Silver says that after the recount is finished, Al Franken will win by 27 votes.

This means that Al Franken will probably win, and the margin will be within about 5 votes of 27.

Sad

24 Nov

Robert Harding is a friend of mine, and he’s one of the most prolific and widely-read upstate political bloggers. His dad died the other day. Please go here and offer your condolences.

Toronto’s Suburbia

24 Nov

From Spacing.ca, proof that urbanists don’t have to be haughtily dismissive and condescending of a city’s suburbs. Fascinating:

An upcoming Spacing Magazine theme will be “The Suburbs” — we’ve tried hard to include writing about Toronto’s inner boroughs in our print magazine and on this blog, but think we need to dedicate an entire issue to these interesting places that will be where much of Toronto’s future unfolds. We’ll be putting that issue together in 2009, but until then we’re pleased to be partnering with the Scarborough Arts Council and The Centre for Creative Communications at Centennial College on a series of public discussions on our suburbs…

…Once seen as quiet bedroom communities far from the noise of the urban core, Toronto’s inner suburbs have become centres of activity – culturally vibrant, diverse and ever changing.

Granted, Toronto is the melting pot of all melting pots, and it’s a city that has seen explosive growth over the past few decades, but here there’s a mutual respect as one might expect of a city and region that doesn’t have time for petty nonsense.

Buffalo, by contrast, has time for nothing but petty nonsense.

Begich

23 Nov

Croatian media are all excited, as the first US Senator of Croatian heritage is elected. Of course, it was a closely-watched, suspenseful campaign for us, too.

Shorter Robert Reich

23 Nov

We are all Keynesians now.

(Article here)

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I can haz tax hike?

22 Nov

Vacancy Dominoes

22 Nov

If Higgins or Brown go to the US Senate, Jim Heaney reports on speculation that Sam Hoyt will eagerly step up to replace either one.

Then, who takes Hoyt’s seat in the Assembly? Iannello? Then who takes Iannello’s seat in the county legislature?

Congressman-elect Eric Massa

22 Nov

It’s official (finally). Massa declared victory yesterday in the extremely tight congressional race in NY-29, and incumbent Republican Randy Kuhl conceded.

I get the sense from Kuhl’s statement that he’s relieved not to have to go back to Congress and deal with ZOMG DEPRESSION!@#@!@. Massa, I gather, is pretty excited to deal with that very issue.

As an aside – “Amherst Guy” imagines what will happen to upstate’s Congressional districts after the 2010 Census.